Forty-six boxing experts polled by website RingTV all picked American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. to defeat Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana in their May 3 welterweight showdown and extend his unbeaten record to 46 fights.
Mayweather and Maidana are battling in a title unification fight, and the Argentine has been installed as a massive underdog by oddsmakers.
The RingTV experts agreed, as none of them believe that Maidana can pull off the upset.
“I think that, ultimately, this (fight) will be something that we’ve seen before,” Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated said. “The superior combination of speed and defensive ability and tactics. That will carry Mayweather through again.”
Like Bishop, Gareth A. Davies of The Telegraph predicted a decision win for the American superstar.
“I think that Floyd Mayweather wins by a score of 120-108,” he said, meaning that Mayweather will win all 12 rounds.
“Apart from some extraordinary slip or slide or mistake from Floyd Mayweather, I think that we see him meticulously picking up round by round by round, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he wins 11 or even 12 rounds of the fight,” Davies added.
Maidana earned his shot at Mayweather after his dominant performance against the erstwhile unbeaten Adrien Broner late last year, but Jake Donovan of Boxing Scene warned that Mayweather will not give Maidana the openings that Broner did.
“Maidana (will have) his moments, but nothing like was the case in his dominance over Adrien Broner, nor will Floyd ever fight that careless or sloppy to put himself in that position,” said Donovan, who predicts a decision win for the American superstar.
RingTV’s Tom Gray also predicted a decision win for Mayweather, pointing out that Maidana “appears tailor-made” for the unbeaten boxer.
“I can’t see Mayweather halting Maidana, but he will make a real mess of him over the distance,” Gray said.
Keith Idec of Boxing Scene said Maidana “might make Mayweather uncomfortable at times with his awkward aggression,” but expects the American to “pick apart his hungry opponent with crisp counterpunches and win with relative ease.”
Idec said it is possible that Maidana – one of the hardest punchers in the sport – may land “something big” against Mayweather, but also noted that Mayweather “has shown he has the survival skills and recuperative powers to overcome some trouble and still win convincingly.”
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, for his part, said Mayweather will win in a “cakewalk.”
“Slow-footed, slow-handed power-punchers are right in Floyd Mayweather’s wheelhouse… This is a fight that is going to be an 11-1 or 12-0 decision,” he said.
Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review Journal was one of the few to predict a knockout victory for Mayweather, who has not stopped anyone since 2012.
“I’m taking Floyd Mayweather in the seventh or eighth,” said Carp, who expects Mayweather to put on a boxing clinic.
Gordon Marino of the Wall Street Journal also predicted an eighth round stoppage for Mayweather, and went so far as to say that the fight will not be very competitive.
“Mayweather is extremely elusive, and he has a size advantage that I think will be important. So I give it to Mayweather by a knockout about the eighth round,” he said.
Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico summed up the bout succinctly, saying: “That’s going to be a shut-out for Floyd Mayweather.”
“To me, that’s not an interesting fight,” he added. “It’s going to be an easy fight for Mayweather.”